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Rutherford County

Employment History

Board Memberships and Affiliations

  • Director
    Sam Davis Home


  • Graduate of the Historic Preservation Program
    Middle Tennessee State University
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Web References
Rutherford County Historical Society Publications, 11 Mar 2013 [cached]
Rutherford County's Archivist John Lodl pushed through the underbrush on a warm winter's morning to discover a long-lost gravestone staring back at him slightly cock eyed.
Director John Lodl sat down with The Daily News Journal to talk about the facility's mission and projects since it opened three and a half years ago. (please click here to continue)
The Daily News Journal - -, 23 Aug 2006 [cached]
John Lodl, former director of the Bradley Academy Museum and current director of the Sam Davis Home, has been named the first full-time Rutherford County archivist.
"I'm very excited to take the position," said Lodl."I'm looking forward to it."
Lodl, 32, a Davidson County native, arrived in Rutherford in 1994.He ran the archives from 2000-02 as a graduate student at MTSU.
After that he served eight months as senior archivist for the state archives of Georgia in Atlanta, before returning to Murfreesboro to become director of Bradley Academy Museum.He also did investigative work in Nashville for a year before he became director of the Sam Davis Home in Smyrna.
"I have a graduate degree in public history from MTSU," he said.
"We also have old records crammed into every county office and just about every basement on the (Public) Square, so we have to get a lot of old records out of these inadequate storage spaces and into the new archives building," Lodl said.
Local historic preservationists such as Pruitt and Barbara Daniel, members of the County Records Commission that hired Lodl, lobbied for several years for a better location.
John Lodl, director of ..., 1 Aug 2011 [cached]
John Lodl, director of Rutherford County Archives and member of the Society of Tennessee Archivists, contributed an essay on the founding of the Middle Tennessee State Normal School in 1911 in a soon-to-be published book marking the Centennial anniversary of my alma mater, Middle Tennessee State University.
Tennessee Association of Museums News [cached]
The Sam Davis Home is Smyrna, TN has hired John Lodl as their new Executive Director. Lodl is a graduate of the Historic Preservation Program at MTSU and he is also an adjunct professor at MTSU.
Rutherford County's Archivist John ... [cached]
Rutherford County's Archivist John Lodl pushed through the underbrush on a warm winter's morning to discover a long-lost
Lodl has been working for the last two years on the five-year project to locate every black cemetery in the county with the help of the Bradley Academy Museum and Cultural Center in Murfreesboro.
"There is a cemetery book for Rutherford County, but there are very few black cemeteries in it," Lodl said.
The archivist is using historic records, African-American churches and citizens to locate as many black cemeteries as possible.
"We will then publish a book through the Rutherford County HIstorical Society of these findings," he said.
Lodl may have just found another cemetery to help keep history alive for the nearly forgotten of the community.
The overgrown cemetery was rediscovered by Dwyer, who lives across the highway and rides horses with her husband John through the forests along Manchester Highway.
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